Last weekend we finally made it apple picking! The world and his wife seems to have been in the last few weeks, and speaking to friends it is a must do, family tradition.
There are several farms near us that allow you to pick your own, and also have farm shops, a few animals for the kids, hayrides etc. We chose to go to Cider Hill Farm which had been recommended by a friend, as being their favourite. A little quieter and smaller than some – but good apple picking and fabulous cider donuts!
When we arrived we collected our official apple collecting bags and set off. We were told that the picking was better in Block 5, but all the activities for the kids were on the way to Blocks 1-4, so we headed in that direction :)
We collected a cart for the kids on the way, they wanted to ride!
After a short walk/ride we found ourselves at the queue for the hayride which would take us to the top of the apple orchards. We hopped on for what proved to be a very bumpy ride! Despite being warned, the 7yo was heard to utter (in a very 7yo way) ‘can’t be that bumpy’… When we got off the driver asked him if it had been bumpy enough, he sheepishly said that it had!
Then, the apple picking began! They had given us a list of what apples were in each Block and row, with a description of each type, so that we could choose which to pick! Ha! Try doing that when a 4yo and a 7yo are in charge of the picking :)
I believe we got a mix of Red Delicious, Macoun, Pioneer Mac, Gala and Cortland. But I really couldn’t be sure and as they all got popped into the bags together, I haven’t the foggiest what is what! Suffice to say that we have 15lbs of apples that I need to find a use for…
After our bags were full and the 7yo couldn’t lift anymore, and the 4yo had given his bag to daddy (!) we started to head back to the farm. On the way we ventured into the corn and the boys picked a few cobs (although we later discovered that this was ‘cattle corn’!).
The farm had chickens, and a few goats and sheep, that the kids could feed, so we stopped off there after paying for our apples (all 15lbs of them!). The boys loved feeding the chickens, and the wee girl did her best to join in too :) And of course, they all had to try the tyre horses!
Our last stop was for hotdogs, hot apple cider (Note: apple cider in this case is cloudy apple juice!) and cider donuts.
I couldn’t leave without popping into the farm shop – which was lovely, but with queues practically out the door – and taking some photos of the pumpkins!
We had a really wonderful day, the boys loved picking apples! I suspect that come the summer we’ll be heading back to pick our own strawberries and blueberries :) Another new experience for us all, and one that we will definitely do again.
As for the cider donuts… Absolutely delicious!
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